Two civil engineering alumni are recipients of the WSU Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA). Since 1970, less than 510 WSU alumni have received this prestigious award.
Dick Colf is the retired executive vice president of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., one of the largest construction companies in North America. Colf received the award in April when he was on campus to give a lecture as part of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s Lanning Lecture Series.
Colf began his career for Kiewit as a summer intern in 1965, working on a seven-mile stretch of I-90 east of Butte, Montana. That fall, he received a Kiewit scholarship that helped him finish his senior year at WSU. During his career, he worked on and supervised many construction projects, including highways, levees, jetties, oil industry facilities, and dams.
Colf managed Kiewit’s Northwest district to an unprecedented 10 consecutive years as the company’s top performing district. He was named division manager in 1992 and at one point had executive management responsibility for six districts, covering much of the United States and all of Canada. He was selected for the board of directors in 1994 and the executive committee in 1998. Although he retired in 2009, he remained a member of the board until 2012.
Paul J. Fletcher
Retired Major General Paul J. Fletcher received the award at the Rotary Club of Spokane Valley. Fletcher, who served as Vice Commander, Third Air Force Base, Ramstein, Germany, at the time of his retirement, was honored for his distinguished military leadership, outstanding accomplishments in aviation, and significant community service.
Following his graduation from East Valley High School in Spokane Valley in 1968, Fletcher attended Washington State University on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship, earning a degree in civil engineering in 1972.